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February 17, 2015 at 3:25 PM

Transportation package needs to tackle climate change

Work continues on the Highway 520 bridge, looking westbound toward Seattle from Medina in December. (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

I agree with the editorial suggesting that ideology shouldn’t trump sound transportation policy [“Don’t let ideology stand in the way of a transportation deal,” Opinion, Feb. 15]. A gridlocked Legislature serves no one.

The Senate Transportation Committee’s bipartisan package is an encouraging sign of what might be possible. But the package doesn’t clear the high bar of objectivity The Times calls for. Not when it would hold transit funding hostage if Gov. Jay Inslee uses his

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January 28, 2015 at 5:23 PM

Arctic National Wildlife Reserve: Alaskans are addicted to oil

Listening to the outrage of Alaskans over interference with what they think are their resources and protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve reminds me of people so hooked on cigarettes that they smoke through the hole in their throats after their cancerous larynx has been removed. They just can’t get enough of that gas and…

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Comments | More in Oil | Topics: Alaska, Arctic National Wildlife Reserve, John Ariel Murphy

July 30, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Oil trains: Inaction created by dualing interests of profitability and safety

Oil shipments by rail through any community are dogged by what seems like irreconcilable conflicts of interest [“Oil train derails in Interbay in Seattle, no spills,” The Today File, July 24]. First there is the need for profitability by the railroad. Second there is the need for a safe and reasonable impact on…

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May 7, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Energy exports: Why not conserve resources for domestic consumption?

The Seattle Times article “Economists support more oil, natural-gas exports” [Business/Technology, April 29] led me to question the rationale of these economists when they advocate the export of raw natural resources on the basis of “help(ing) the economy, even if it meant higher fuel prices for consumers.” I see that relatively few individuals and corporations would…

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Comments | More in Energy | Topics: Bylund Wik, energy exports, fracking

July 11, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Quebec oil-train wreck

Will this happen again? Smoke rises from railway cars that were carrying crude oil after derailing in Quebec, Saturday, July 6. [AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson.] Years ago, when I was stationed in Guam, one of my collateral duties was that of hazardous spill response team leader. [“Oil-train fire adds to state’s concerns,” page one,…

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Comments | More in Environment, Seattle | Topics: burning liquid, crash, explosion

March 18, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Debating the Keystone XL Pipeline

Pipeline will lead to runaway climate change I urge President Obama to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline and for your readers to speak out against it [“Obama’s climate goals shape Energy, EPA choices,” News, March 5]. Despite what a few industry-paid climate-denial “scientists” are mouthing, the scientific community as a whole is practically unanimous in validating…

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March 14, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Obama’s Energy, EPA appointments reflect his climate goals

Stand up to greed Greed may trump efforts to leave our children and their children a healthy planet. Why would anyone invest in the dirtiest, most carbon-intensive fossil fuel on the plant if not out of greed? Be a voice of sanity and let President Obama and locally elected officials know that rejection of the proposed Keystone…

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March 10, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Obama nominates two to reach climate goals

Keystone XL Pipeline will contribute greatly to climate change Elizabeth Lerer wears a pipe-shaped hat to express opposition to the Keystone XL Pipeline at a rally in Los Angeles, Calif., February 17. The “Forward on Climate” rally encouraged President Barack Obama to take strong action on climate change. (DAVID MCNEW/GETTY IMAGES) President Barack Obama will decide soon…

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